This is Echo, an 11-year-old Eastern Screech Owl. She’s one of more than 30 birds of prey currently featured in the educational outreach program run by the Mountsberg Raptor Centre. When Echo was a baby, the tree housing her nest cavity was cut down, and she was the only chick to survive. The people who found her took her to a nearby nature centre, where the staff raised her for the first year of her life. Unfortunately, because of being hand-raised, she became imprinted on humans and could not be released into the wild. That’s when she moved to Mountsberg and became part of their educational program. These images were taken during a photography workshop at Mountsberg Raptor Centre.
Levels, curves, sharpening, cropping
Nikon D7000, Nikon 300mm f4